OK. Still catching up on things that have been on my mind here.
I’m going to try another preaching log post but a shorter one – just one idea instead of all of them.
Last Sunday, I preached on Acts 1:1-11. The book of Acts is really the story of the Christian Church and those who helped it to grow. This passage talks about Jesus ascending into heaven after his resurrection. He’s spent some time on earth teaching those he would send out – his apostles. But as he gets ready to go, he finds that they still don’t understand the plan. “OK, Jesus, are you finally going to fix the political situation around here and restore the kingdom to your Chosen People?” they ask (paraphrased, of course).
He answers that when he restores the kingdom isn’t really any of their concern, but… but they will receive power from above. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Jesus wasn’t going to come in and unilaterally bring in his kingdom. Could he have done it? Sure. But he decided to let us play a role in his work. It’s like the times that I let my son John help me with home repair tasks like patching stucco or fixing the fence. Do I need his help? No. But he takes such great joy in helping his daddy and learning to do the things that his daddy does. It’s wonderful for me too. Sure, it takes longer, but I feel the same joy that he does. And we build our relationship.
That’s what happens when we work with God on the things he cares about. We learn, we find joy, and we get to know God better! And the work gets done, bringing the kingdom nearer.
It’s not quite like working with my son, though. Because Jesus promised his apostles power – through the Holy Spirit. We have that power too. I’ll be preaching (and hopefully blogging) about that over the next several weeks as I preach a sermon series called, “Sunday Words – Monday Power.”
Until then, God bless you, and may you find joy working with your Father too.